International Student Services

Degree Plan/Academics


Missouri Western State University offers 107 majors and 48 minors.. You can talk with your adviser to make your degree plan. See the website about majors and minors.

Once you have your degree plan, you can register for classes for the upcoming semester. Remember, F-1 and J-1 undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credit hours, and graduates must take a minimum of 8 or 9 credits. To search for classes, see

The MWSU Grading System

MWSU uses a numerical grading system, to one decimal place. The highest grade you can get for a class is 4.0. Generally speaking, the following grade boundaries apply:

A= 4.0 B= 3.0 C= 2.0 D= 1.0

Grades descend by increments of 0.1 down to a minimum of 0.7, the lowest passing grade. This is the lowest grade where you can earn credit for the course. A grade of 0 is classified as a failure, with no credit earned. Grading scales are subject to change and may depend on the course and the professor. Often a course’s grading scale will be explained in the syllabus or in class.

Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Grade Reports

In the U.S., when you take classes, you earn grade points for each graded course you take. Your grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of credits attempted by the grade earned. For example, if you take a 5-credit class and get a 3.5, your total grade points for that class will be 17.5.

The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total grade points from all your classes by the number of total credits that you have taken. In the U.S., your GPA is considered to be one of the most important indicators of your academic ability.

The Academic Calendar contains the schedule of every semester. Check the calendar here

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